Lifeboat crews called to aid of yacht off Suffolk coast

Lowestoft Lifeboat. Picture: ERIC JOHNSTONE

Lowestoft Lifeboat. Picture: ERIC JOHNSTONE - Credit: Archant

A yacht, which was drifting in the seas off Sizewell, has been rescued by a lifeboat crew and eventually towed back into Lowestoft.

Aldeburgh's all weather lifeboat, the Freddie Cooper, was called out at 8.50pm last night (Sunday, May 29). following reports that a 30ft yacht, with three people on board, was 'drifting, due to steering failure' off Sizewell.

A lifeboat spokesman said: 'Once launched, RNLI Aldeburgh ALB Freddie Cooper located the vessel about five miles east of Sizewell.'

The yacht was taken into tow, and with the destination being Lowestoft – as the tide was too low to take the yacht into Southwold – Lowestoft lifeboat was launched to take over the tow.

The lifeboat spokesman added: 'Once the yacht was safely handed over to Lowestoft lifeboat, Patsy Knight, the ALB Freddie Cooper returned to station at 12.15am.'

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